Experience a fantastic, once in a lifetime, bucket list trip for two to the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Highlands, and the Amazon Basin. Come aboard the M/Y GRACE, the yacht that Aristotle Onassis gave to Grace Kelly and Prince Ranier as a wedding present. You'll tour the Galapagos for 8 days/7 nights, then go on to the Quito area and Andean highland (in and out for 3 days) and the Ecuadoran Amazon jungle in an Eco Resort Lodge in an Ecuadoran National Park for 5 days/4 nights. The dates are January 9th, 2014 to Saturday, January 25th, 2014. The value of the donated package is $14,700 for two persons and we already have one bid at that level. (Normally, a tour of this quality and magnitude would cost you $10-12,000 per person.) Expenses not covered in the package include your airfare to Quito, Ecuador and about $650 per person in fees, local air fare and Ecuadoran taxes. Also not covered are your meals while in Quito, your bar bill, gratuities, sunscreen and trip insurance.
When you think of Italy, what comes to mind? The food, the landscape, and of course, the music. Now is your chance to experience all of that in person, with a week long vacation at the picturesque La Antica Vetreria in Umbria, Italy. In the last two weeks of June, 2014, the Olympia String Quartet and their sponsors will travel to Umbria, Italy for a free goodwill tour consisting of three concerts in the small medieval hill towns of Mercatato, Piegaro and Panicale. We will auction off space for two couples to join for the week of the concerts. The auction item includes a week in a recently converted 750 year old glass blowing factory, now a villa named La Antica Vetreria, with your own suite in the villa with a bedroom with your choice of a king size bed or two twins, and bathroom/shower. The package also includes most major meals for the week, a lesson in how to make the local pasta, land transportation for a week and guided tours of Assisi, Orvieto, and Siena, and a large outdoor farmer's market as well as a tour of a winery/olive grove established in 217 BC. And of course, front row seats at each of the quartet concerts performed during the week.